You don't assess pinot noir colour in the same way as any other wine, but regardless of the method, this upstages the other three Bass Phillip Pinots (for what that's worth). The complexity of the bouquet presents itself the moment you pick up the glass, plum, blood plum and a decadent whiff of charcuterie, the palate laying it all out in a three-dimensional display that defies gravity. The dark corners of the forest reveal more and more each time you return - vinomasochism.
97 points, James Halliday (July 2018)
Light to medium red colour with purple tints. There are chaff and smoky toasty oak-influenced aromas incorporating spices, dark cherrries and dried herbs, while the palate is weightier and more concentrated than the Estate but still on the lighter, more ethereal side of this winery's style. There is richness and gravitas, fleshy density and good persistence. The whole-bunch aspects are discreet. The tannins lend it extra weight and gravitas.
95 points, Huon Hooke (May 2018)
Impressive fruit purity and clarity here. This delivers mouthwatering aromas of red cherries and wild strawberries with poached red plums and violet-like flowers. There is instant appeal on the palate with expansive flavors of ripe cherries and boysenberries, delivering succulence through to the expansive finish. Impressive flavorsome depth.
95 points, Nick Stock (December 2018)
For structure and length we’re in business here. This really sets sail on the finish. It has tannin, minerally, woven through that length, giving it a dry, sinewy strictness or sense of control, even as it runs on. I realise that there word ‘minerally’ gets on some people’s goat, mostly because it’s so unspecific, but from start to finish this wine evokes rocks and sparks as much or more than it does fruit or spices. There’s a whiff of smoky, clovey oak here too but it’s well balanced – better balanced than it is on the Reserve release. This isn’t a big pinot noir; it’s all about the flourish. It should mature beautifully.
94 points, Campbell Mattinson (May 2018)
"Scented with raspberries, cherries and rose petals, plus nuances of raisons and citrus oil. Its rich, almost fatty core of forest berry and cherry-like fruit eases with suppleness and creaminess down its dusty spine, finishing with a faint sappiness and herbal edge."
94 points, jeremyoliver.com